Government Innovation Around the World

51 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2004

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Elaine Kamarck

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Date Written: February 26, 2004


This paper reviews modern government innovation, from its historical origins in Public Management and Reinventing Government movements in Britain and the US, to today's permutations in different regions of the world. Institutional catalysts for these national reform movements ranged from American distrust of government to reforms promoted by the multi-lateral lending institutions. These actions occurred in the context of the fall of Communism and the emergence of the market model and the new information economy. The paper surveys lessons learned from two decades of government reform efforts and highlights a number of examples of government innovation that ensued as a result.

Keywords: Business and Government Policy, International Economics, Intergovernmental Relations, International Affairs, Globalization, Public Management, Regulation

Suggested Citation

Kamarck, Elaine, Government Innovation Around the World (February 26, 2004). Available at SSRN: or

Elaine Kamarck (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )

79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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